Chair in EU & Private International Law
Professor Beaumont joined the School in 1983 after graduate work as a Commonwealth Scholar at Dalhousie University. He has been a Professor since 1995.
His interests are in Private International Law and European Union Law and he has published extensively in these fields. He is co-author (with Professor Peter McEleavy, University of Dundee) of Private International Law: Anton (SULI, 2011, 3rd ed) which is the standard treatise on private international law in Scotland and was the junior author with Professor Anton of the second edition (1990). He is the co-editor with Professor Jonathan Harris (King's College, London) of the Journal of Private International Law (Hart) and is also co-editor with him of the Hart Studies in Private International Law Series. He gave the inaugural lecture at the Hague Academy of International Law in 2009 and a lecture series on child abduction in 2008. With Professor Stephen Weatherill he produced two editions of EC Law, and one edition of EU Law, published by Penguin. He has co-edited several books including Cross Border EU Competition Law Actions (Hart, 2013); International Surrogacy Arrangements (Hart, 2013) and Convergence and Divergence in European Public Law (Hart, 2002). Along with his former colleague, Peter McEleavy, he wrote the OUP monograph on The Hague Convention on International Child Abduction (1999) which has been relied on extensively by courts in Australia, Canada, England, New Zealand, Scotland, South Africa and the USA. The book has been cited by the highest courts in Australia, Germany, New Zealand and the UK (Supreme Court, Bundesgerichtshof, XII Zivilsenat Decision of 16 August 2000, BGHZ 145; DP v Commonwealth Central Authority  HCA 39, paras. 35, 38, 84, 102, 124, and 125; Secretary for Justice v HJ  NZSC 97 at footnotes 93, 103 and 104; In re M and another (Children) (Abduction: Rights of Custody)  1 A.C. 1288, para. 22; In re E (Children) (FC)  UKSC 27;  1 AC 144 in the judgment of the Court given by Lady Hale and Lord Wilson at para. 6) and described by several appellate courts as the 'leading treatise' on the subject (eg US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit in Mozes v Mozes 239 F.3d 1067 (2001) and the Full Court of the Family Court of Australia in Harris v Harris  FamCAFC 221 at paras. 33, 35 and 152).
His articles have appeared inter alia in the Journal of Private International Law, Spanish Yearbook of Private International Law, Juridical Review, European Law Review, Edinburgh Law Review, the Brooklyn Journal of International Law, and the International and Comparative Law Quarterly.
He has been a member of the UK delegation at the Hague Conference on Private International Law since 1996, was a member of the Hague's drafting committees on Choice of Court and Maintenance and is a member of the Council of the European Union Committee on Civil Law. From 1996 to 2013 he was a consultant on private international law to the UK Government and to the Scottish Government. He is a member of the UK Advisory Committee on Private International Law (since its inception in 1997).
He was Head of the School of Law from 2000-2005 and, following a period of sabbatical leave, from 2006-2008. Since 1 January 2012 he has been the Director of the Centre for Private International Law.
Professor Beaumont is interested in supervising research students in the following areas: Christian perspectives on law, the institutional and private international law of the European Union, and private international law generally.